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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Singer-songwriter Sam Smith, winner of Record of the Year and Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist, poses in the press room during the Grammy Awards in 2015.

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Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement

Alex Kapelman, host of the Pitch podcast, joins the gang for a discussion of what they want and expect from award shows. Then they'll chat about product placement in pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Beyoncé, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl 50

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about Super 50, including the game itself, Beyoncé stealing the halftime show, and some memorable commercials.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?

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Tovah Feldshuh and Rachel Bloom in the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV

Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel to discuss the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, currently airing on the CW. Then the gang discusses Fox's live staging of Grease and other musicals on television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Actor Fred Armisen attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in New York.

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Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale

The PCHH gang couldn't tape a show this week, so instead we bring you two interviews. First, Linda Holmes chats with Fred Armisen about his illustrious career in a never-been-heard outtake from our live show in 2015. Then Linda interviews Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Holmes spoke with the writers in late 2015, at an event hosted by Politics & Prose and the Sixth & I.

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Steven Avery in the Netflix series Making A Murderer.

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Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Sarah D. Bunting chat about Making a Murderer and the true crime genre. Then they'll look back at the career of Alan Rickman, who passed away last week at the age of 69. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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If you rooted for Washington's NFL team because of Robert Griffin III, you'll almost certainly root for a new team this fall.

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The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan. Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight.

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The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Then, from recliners to 30mm to Smell-O-Vision, it's an examination of the ever-changing movie theater experience. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Comedian John Mulaney in his new special, The Comeback Kid.
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Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney

All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with comedian John Mulaney about his new stand-up special The Comeback Kid, his failed network sitcom, and his childhood. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 16, 2015)

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David Bowie.

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Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.

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